Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Editor: Robert D. Sampson


Current Volume: 117 (2024)
Issued quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter)
ISSN: 1522-1067
eISSN: 2328-3335


The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (JISHS), established in 1908, is the scholarly publication of the Illinois State Historical Society, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and publishing the latest research about the Prairie State. The peer-reviewed Journal welcomes articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.

Read the Harry E. Pratt Award for Outstanding Article winners:


America: History and Life, Brepols, Current Abstracts, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, Gale Academic OneFile, Gale OneFile: US History, Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes - und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, MasterFILE Complete, MLA International Bibliography, Periodicals Index Online, ProQuest 5000, ProQuest Central, PubMed, Research Library, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale), TOC Premier


Publications included in ISHS membership are the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and the Society's popular magazine, Illinois Heritage. The ISHS membership period is from January 1 through December 31.

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Robert D. Sampson
Retired, Millikin University, Decatur

Contributing Editor
William Furry
Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield
PO Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705-1800

Book Review Editor
Aaron Lisec
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Special Projects Editor
Timothy D. Draper
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Jenny Barker-Devine, Illinois College, Jackson
  • Robert I. Girardi, Civil War Round Table, Company of Military Historians, Chicago
  • Greg Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb
  • Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Robert D. Johnston, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Theodore J. Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College, Naperville
  • Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • Arthur Martin, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago
  • Robert McColley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Eileen McMahon, Lewis University, Romeoville
  • Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College, Chicago
  • Robert Paulett, Southern Illinois University, Eswardsville
  • Shirley J. Portwood, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Barbara Posadas, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
  • Debra Reid, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • Amy Tyson, Depaul University, Chicago


Executive Director
William Furry 

Office Manager
Mary Lou Johnsrud

Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Jones

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PDFs are permitted and issued for the following:

  • Tenure dossier.
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We welcome essays, articles, and documents about Illinois, or its Midwest region. Studies about literature, art, technology, law, or other subjects are also welcome.

Authors should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (University of Chicago Press) or imitate notes in this journal; use endnotes. Authors who desire illustrations should provide them; authors are solely responsible for obtaining any rights or permissions to reproduce. Articles average 12,000 words (including notes) but we have accepted articles from 4,000 to 15,000 words.

Authors desiring to submit original articles for publication consideration may send an electronic copy (in .doc or .docx format) to Robert D. Sampson, Editor, JISHS, by email to

Send books for review to Aaron Lisec, Book Review Editor, JISHS; Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Mai Code 6632, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901; email:

Articles appearing in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society are abstracted and indexed in both Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life. The Journal is a member of the Conference of Historical Journals.

Neither the editors nor the Illinois State Historical Society assume any responsibility for statements, whether of fact or opinion, made by contributors. 

Peer Review Policy

Submissions to the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society follow this procedure:

  1. Identities of both reader and author (s) are not shared with either party. The reader receives an article with the author’s name removed. The reader’s report to the editor of the Journal, when forwarded to the author, does not include the reader’s name. It is a double-blind process.
  2. Readers are selected based on their expertise and experience in the field addressed in the submission. Readers are primarily academics though some are lay historians who have expertise or are published authors in the field.
  3. While some readers are members of the Journal’s editorial advisory board such duties ARE NOT part of their role on the board. Members of the advisory board primarily oversee the Journal through regular reports from the editor and their own observations. The board is, as indicated by name, a group that offers advice and guidance on the Journal’s overall mission and conduct. Most readers do not serve on the advisory board and have no direct connection with the Journal.
  4. The editor may not forward a submission to a reader if the submission fails to meet Journal standards.
  5. The Journal has compiled a list of readers by topics, regions, and period of history. The editor uses this list to select potential readers for a submission.
  6. Readers, as noted above, are selected for their expertise and experience in each field or topic. They are not reimbursed for their work. They submit a detailed report, including criticisms and suggestions for improvements and one of three recommendations: 1. Publish without revision; 2. Publish only with revisions (ranging from minor to significant); and 3. Do not publish.

View our Publications Ethics and Malpractice Statement


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Richard Gross

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A Missed Opportunity in the Catholic War on Poverty: Chicago's Archdiocesan Inter-Parish Movement
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